It was the spring of 2013, and lawmakers were busy drafting more than 1,700 bills, including a handful that had big implications for companies that manage homeowners associations and condominiums. At the same time, a group called Alliance for Better Communities, which is bankrolled by property management companies, gave four donations totaling $51,000 to a nonprofit closely tied to Republican state House leaders.
There's a lot more to this sordid tale, but (as is almost always the case) the people slinging money around were able to do so legally. Proving once again, there's often a huge difference between "legal" and "ethical."
It appears well established that if President Obama and/or Senator Hagan are for something, Thom Tillis is going to be against it; and if Ted Cruz and/or the Koch brothers are for something, then Thom will be for it, too (after all, he knows where his bread is buttered).
So it's not much of a surprise that Thom opposes any increase in the minimum wage. Obama and Hagan support it; Ted and the Kochs don't. And Thom has stomped on the poor so aggressively and frequently that it's quite natural for him to want people to work hard for a pittance.
U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday said he opposes President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage, calling it a “dangerous idea.”
Phil named two Republican co-chairs to go with the mostly Republican (and highly extremist) members of the committee, who are supposedly going to investigate the effects of the ACA on North Carolina, but actually are going to exaggerate, cherry pick facts, showboat and smear President Obama and Senator Hagan.
And we thought that using public money on campaign purposes -- in this case, to elect Thom Tillis US senator -- was illegal.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 7:35pm
When it comes to the election of 2014, we are going to see a close correlation between polling numbers for the Affordable Care Act and for Sen. Kay Hagan. Last summer when Moral Monday events were feeding the press, everyone in the state was angry at the actions of the NCGA. Hagan’s numbers were high. Now, with the news concerned only with what is happening in Washington and local Republicans out of the headlines, that anger has faded, and with it her poll numbers.
If you hang around the consulting business, like I do, you come across some of the brightest people in the world. And mostly, they’re very good guys. They work insane hours, travel endlessly, and have aggressive goals year after year after year. This is especially true in the top-tier firms, where partners can earn many millions of dollars. That’s where Thom Tillis came from.
What’s also true about the consulting business is the fact that it has a symbiotic relationship with government. In a world where specialized talent is needed for complex government systems integration, consultants are hired by the thousands to implement technology solutions.
I don't expect Tillis to answer me, after all, he's not responded to a single request or message I've sent him in the past two years. But perhaps some enterprising reporter will find a way to get in front of the guy to ask a simple question about impeaching President Obama. Where do you stand, Thom?
Thursday night’s forum was the fourth that Tillis has skipped as he pursues what he describes as a methodical strategy for winning not only the primary but a high-stakes general election. Critics accuse him of ducking tough questions and skeptical voters.
Tillis’ primary reflects the tension between the tea party and GOP establishment that’s evident across the country. Several incumbents including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham face challenges from the right.
Make no mistake, establishment Republicans do want to win a majority of the seats in the US Senate, but they don't want to bring the craziness of the House over into their corporate boardroom Senate. And NC's Senate race is shaping up to be ground zero in that battle, with Tillis doing exactly what they tell him to. And Greg Brannon is doing his best to capitalize on that:
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